Dr. Phillip Jessop
Canada Research Chair in Green Chemistry, Queen's University; Technical Director, GreenCentre Canada
Dr. Jessop invented switchable solvents—liquids that change themselves, whenever needed, from one kind of solvent to another. They make it possible for industry to avoid energy-consuming distillation and the use of smog-forming flammable solvents. He also contributed to the creation of GreenCentre Canada (GCC), a non-profit institute dedicated to helping green chemistry technologies make it from academia to the market with which he remains involved as the Technical Director. GCC has, in its first 2 years, received 260 inventions from 34 universities, accepted 20 for further development, created 20 jobs, and one startup company.